Monday, August 30, 2010

Trade Offs

My little man is sleeping, or attempting to fall asleep, in the bassinet next to my bed. We've had a long and tiring past 5 or so days with family in town for his baby blessing, and, as such, he has not gotten many proper naps. It's like he knows that people are in the house and must force himself to stay awake as much as possible to not miss anything.

Last night he was fussing and crying at the table and would not be consoled so we brought him upstairs to prepare him for his last meal before bedtime. Jamund set him on the changing "table" portion of his pack-n-play, and he immediately fell asleep:

Poor little guy.

Also, just a side note: This photo is why I'm glad we use cloth diapers...

The cloth diapers are currently in need of being laundered, so I stuck him in some disposable diapers during the night. The above photo is what I found after feeding and talking to him a little bit this morning. Granted, it was a poop-splosion (as I call it), but still. I don't think we've had any poop leaks since using cloth. Pee leaks, yes, but I attribute that to our inadequacy at putting the diapers on properly in the beginning days of use.

Anyway, we like the cloth dipes: he seems to not have as much (if any) diaper rash, and I feel like we don't need to use as many wipes because the poop doesn't really stick to his skin and get crusty (which it seems to do with disposables. It's like I have to scrape poop off his leg with disposable diapers. Ick.)

So yes, we enjoy the disposable and it's almost sort of sad when they are all dirty and need to be laundered, set in the sun to "bleach" out any lingering poop marks, and then dried. These are the trade offs, yes, but worthwhile ones in my mind. If we didn't have any disposables (the ones he is in right now were given to us) or gdiapers (we also have the medium size with lots of inserts), I would have to adjust my laundering (wash 9-10 at a time rather than waiting to wash all dozen)...

These are the problems I must deal with now...better than dealing with plagiarizing students, in my mind!

Friday, August 20, 2010


Jamund's work cancelled their summer BBQ/Party last night, so we went to In-N-Out because I hadn't planned to make a meal. We took baby (obviously) and set him on the table in his car seat. Let's just say that baby loved seeing his papa. He always loves seeing his papa, but I think he especially loved seeing his papa at a face to face level like this:

IMG_0411 IMG_0413IMG_0409

They were both all smiles.

I was feeling a little sad since baby usually cries at me. Mom is no fun since he sees me all the time and usually I am the one who lets him cry himself to sleep, etc. Papa plays, mama lays down the law.

However, this morning he had some happy tummy time with mommy:

IMG_0417 IMG_0416IMG_0419

p.s. Is this news story intriguing/freaking anyone else out? I am sort of obsessed by it; I kind of want to write a mystery novel about it... Jamund and I discussed possible theories last night. I bet the LAPD detectives assigned to the case are kind of pleased by the weirdness/uniqueness of it. If one can be "pleased" about something like that...

p.p.s. Late afternoon update: Don't you just love when baby wakes up without crying-- hearing the little cooing or strange squeaks? Baby was napping on the floor again (exercise day 2, kicked my rear...well, abs...but that's another story), and I knew he'd be waking up soon, so I laid down next to him.

He flailed his arms around a little, hitting me. I pretended to be asleep but was watching him through slightly open eyelids... he gradually woke up, noticed me, was a little confused, and then gave mommy ("sleeping" mommy) a huge grin. He was so happy to see me there and kept smiling and being adorable. Melted my heart. So there papa! Baby likes me too!

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Today I did some postnatal yoga (or is it postpartum?) after returning home from my 6 week after-baby check up. I haven't really exercised since the day before I went into the hospital, so it was nice! I set up baby on a blanket on the floor near the couch and tried to ignore him crying himself to sleep while I did my yoga.

Welcome to exercising with a child, right?

I wish I could say the day was uneventful, but alas, I cannot. And I wish I could say that "eventful" meant something more than baby having an extreme poop-pee-spit up extravaganza on the changing table... (scroll past the next photo if you don't want to see the evidence)


Seriously, baby. Pooping all over the changing table, making a pee fountain, spitting up, then getting changed and drooling all over the floor while you look at yourself in the mirror...

IMG_0406 IMG_0403

Then, oh yes, peeing through the diaper on to your new outfit? Right after I finished doing the laundry? Really?

Thanks baby.

Friday, August 13, 2010

a break

Here is a break from Simon-related posts, partially inspired by my newly formed addiction to this website.

Some choice photographs from Jamund's youth (why not photos from my youth? They aren't on flickr):

Bodysuits and puppies:

Scooter and I I love Scooter

Trying to steal the car, pirate style:

Pirate Shirt and A Benz

Because nothing says punk like Lion King bed sheets:


Hating on Christmas:

Christmas 1996 Christmas 1996

1 Month "Birthday"

Simon had his official one month birthday on August 10, 2010.

I had made 2 zucchini carrot cake rounds previously and frozen one, so I defrosted it, frosted it (ha, that's funny: defrosted and frosted...), and put a candle on it for photo purposes.

Of course we didn't light the candle—the poor little man can't even hold up his head properly (see second photo), let alone blow out a candle. Anyway, the photos still look cute (he is a bit cross-eyed, bless him):



Don't worry, just because Simon can't eat the cake (at least in its real form, I suppose he gets some of it via milk?), it isn't going to waste. Papa (as you can tell from this photo) has happily taken the challenge of eating the cake on behalf of his son... and I'm doing my fair share too. Sometimes you just have to take one for the team...


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Round 2

On Tuesday night, I noticed that I was getting a back ache and told Jamund before he left for a meeting that I felt as if I was getting sick. I went to bed early, and I soon had aches all over my body, chills, and a fever. Infection, take 2. My temperature went from somewhere in the 98 range to 101.4 during the night. I could hardly sleep with all the aches, pains, bad dreams, and chills/heat. It was seriously awful.

Wednesday I called in and went to the doctor where I was pronounced ill with mastitis. So, baby and I spent yesterday and plan to spend today in bed, basically doing nothing but eating and sleeping (pretty much the plan for both of us-- although I also get to play on the Internet and may watch some shows on hulu).

Speaking of which, at this moment, I have three Apple products within one foot of me on the bed (actually, they are all touching or almost touching me): laptop, ipad, and iphone. They each have their purpose: laptop for hulu and blogging (ipad doesn't work so well for blogging), ipad for entertainment while feeding baby (every breastfeeding mom should have an ipad-- so convenient), iphone for tracking baby's feeding, diaper changes, naps, etc. (I use this app called "Baby Timer").

Well, now that I've done my advertising duties for Apple, I better get going. Baby is waking up and trying to eat his hand (unsuccessfully). A few minutes ago I sneezed and that resulted in a little sad sad cry fest for baby. But maybe I'll discuss more about baby and crying in another post...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

On covering windows and baby bums

This past week we have been concerned primarily with two things related to the household and family:

1. Blackout shades

2. Diapers

Before we get into these subjects, take a look at this giant zucchini!

Okay, in regards to blackout shades, we have felt the need to get one for an arch window in our master bedroom. This window is really the bane of our master bedroom's existence; it lets in so much light, makes the room about a bajillion degrees (which we attempted to solve with the addition of a window AC unit), and we suspect is also the reason the room is freezing in winter (that and the fact that all the windows in the room are crappy).

We are in the process of getting over the fact that getting a nice wood blackout "shade" (shutter) for the arch will cost nowhere less than $250, roughly, and need to just take the plunge and purchase it.

Also, we wanted to get a blackout shade for baby's room. This led us to purchase a Roman shade from JC Penny. After Jamund took down the blinds and tested out the Roman shade, we were both distraught to discover that it let in more light than the blinds. Fail. So, we went the white trash route and put foil on the window (Jamund will post on this later. He documented the entire process with photographs and was quite proud of himself).

However, now the room is so dark all the time that it depresses me and I have to turn on the light to change the baby's diaper, even at 1 p.m. in the afternoon. Plus, the foil looks super ghetto from the outside. We are in the process of coming up with a proper solution... but for now, foil it is.

IMG_0362 IMG_0360

Now for diapers. As you can see above, we have baby wearing eco friendly gdiapers during the day and disposables at night. However, we are slowly (quickly) becoming unimpressed with the situation, as these diapers require the use of a liner and insert, and the liner often gets poop on it, which then requires washing, and sometimes the actual cloth diaper gets poop or pee on it and also requires washing... and pretty soon you run out of liners and then you can't use the diapers... and once everything is clean, you have to assemble the diapers over and over again... and it's kind of annoying and a mess. Plus, I just have this feeling that baby isn't much impressed with the gdipes (neither is papa).

Anyway, disposables are also super expensive to buy constantly, and Jamund doesn't like the idea of them sitting in a landfill (gdiaper inserts biodegrade) or the process required to create disposables.

So... I was perusing a lovely blog and found this entry about these (bum genius all in one diapers). Needless to say, I was convinced. I plan to order a bunch hopefully today and discontinue use of disposables (except for travel, etc.) and hopefully eventually gdiapers (once we finish up the stash we purchased... which even includes the next size up with lots of inserts! Gah!).

I saw one of my former students yesterday while I was buying flannel with which to make reusable wipes (so I can just wash the diapers and wipes together and stop buying those too, as recommended by cloth diaper pros), and she asked what I was making with the flannel... I told her about my plan to make wipes and use cloth diapers, and she thought I was crazy! Maybe I am, but if it works, we will be saving tons of money and doing our part to help nature. Good for us.

Anyway, here are other silly photos of baby (which is why most people come to the blog in the first place):

Don't worry mom, we didn't leave him on the counter very long.

Miracle! Jamund can multitask by reading a computer book and holding baby!

Spit up fest:

Not very good shots, but I swear he was smiling during this process:


Thursday, August 5, 2010

stormy weather

So, as anyone else in Utah County knows, it's been pretty stormy of late.

I took baby out to pick some basil yesterday afternoon, and we heard a big roll of thunder... that poor little man looked seriously frightened! Poor guy.

By the way, there's nothing quite like being up in the middle of the night (maybe 5 a.m.?) and getting peed and then spit up on... and then going back to bed without changing your clothes because "well, I'm already pretty dried off..."

Oh babies.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Kiss and Shake Up

So, baby had a good nap and refrained from eating for a little over 3 hours. Either this is all part of his evil scheme, or things are starting to look up (please...!).

To celebrate this happy change, I took baby outside to experience nature, and he later amazed me with his fine motor skills by grabbing and flailing around a rattle (which I put in his hand/grasped his fingers around):



I think he also amazed himself initially:


3 Weeks and Counting...

So, this baby is driving me nuts...

IMG_0345's like he is plotting to destroy my sanity by:

1. Taking ridiculously short day time naps

2. Taking forever to fall asleep during the day

3. Eating roughly every 2 hours

4. Not sleeping as well during the night

5. Crying when he should be asleep

6. Peeing about 5 minutes after we change his diaper and put him in his crib basically every single time we put him down for a nap. I swear he does it on purpose, but Jamund claims he's just a baby and doesn't realize what he's doing. But really, every time? How can it be coincidence?

He's a plotter, I tell you. Just look at that face:


But really, I am so tired. I don't know how long I can handle this extreme crankiness (referring to both baby and myself). Besides being exhausting and annoying, it makes him look like a zombie:


(the spit up doesn't help-- I especially love that somehow there is spit up above his eyebrow?)

p.s. He just cried/screamed himself to sleep... I better not get too excited, though, because Jamund tried to claim the victory yesterday and told baby that he wasn't going to get the best of us-- and then baby proceeded to spit up a copious amount of milk all over the bed sheet... Nice. Thanks baby.